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eiACE Power-Up Webinar – Sept. 21 – 4PM PT

The third installment in the Power-Up Webinar Series features Dan Calvisi, Jen Grisanti, Lee Jessup, David Misch, and Jennifer Van Sijll. These industry-leading educators will provide instruction through 20-minute segments, live at the Relativity School Studio in LA.

Dan Calvisi - Write Great Description Paragraphs – Learn From The Masters!

A lot is written about the art of dialogue, but what about the equal challenge of writing great description/action? Citing examples from modern masters like Christopher Nolan, Vince Gilligan, Shonda Rhimes and Quentin Tarantino, Dan Calvisi will explore the mechanics, formatting and execution of this crucial element of the screenplay. Dan will also lead the class in writing the introduction of a famous movie character, to be compared to the actual text from the original screenplay.

Jen Grisanti - Writing A TV Pilot That Sells: Setting Up The Series And Season One Through The Arc Of The Wound

In this talk, Jen Grisanti will go over how to set up the series and season one arc by creating a strong arc of the wound for the central character. It is when the personal dilemma links to the professional pursuit and the pilot arc is one step toward healing the wound that we root for the outcome and emotionally connect to the story. Jen will discuss the season arcs for FLEABAG (Amazon), RIVER (Netflix) and HAPPY VALLEY (Netflix).

Lee Jessup - Representation Rundown

This will cover everything you ever wanted to know about agents and managers, including how to get the right representation, what to expect from your agent vs. what your can expect from your manager, how much you should pay them, what they will expect from you, and what you can do to motivate them.

David Misch - How "How Comedy Works" Works

My seminar “How Comedy Works” makes a unique guarantee in the world of screenwriting seminars: it gives you absolutely no help with screenwriting. HCW, as we in the office like to call it (Note: There is no office), is about comedy as an art form; what it is, what it means and how it works. Why take time with that instead of figuring out why your 2nd act sucks?, I hear no one asking. Because learning how comedy works will help you do it better. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. This talk will show how looking at comedy not screenwriting can help your screenwriting; how contemporary comedy goes back to ancient Greece (and yes, I’m looking at you, fart and vomit jokes); and the precision, skill and ingenuity that comedy requires. Most of all, this talk explains why everyone who says examination kills comedy is not only wrong but should be killed, and shows how comedy principles translate into actual laughter. So, y’know, forget that stuff about no help.

Jennifer Van Sijll - Cinematic Storytelling

This webinar discusses the power of cinematic storytelling and how to move away from a talking heads script to create a truly cinematic screenplay.

Learn More About the Speakers:

Daniel P. Calvisi is a story analyst, speaker, screenwriter and the author of Story Maps: TV Drama and Story Maps: How to Write a GREAT Screenplay. He is a former Story Analyst for major studios like Twentieth Century Fox and Miramax Films. He coaches writers, teaches webinars on writing for film and television with The Writers Store and speaks at writing conferences. He holds a degree in Film and Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. He lives in Los Angeles. To learn more about Story Maps and how you can work with Dan, visit ActFourScreenplays.com. View Full Bio
International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy Inc., Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a former 12-year studio executive, including VP of Current Programming at CBS/Paramount, blogger for The Huffington Post and author of the books, Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit and her new book, Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path To Your Success. View Full Bio
Lee Jessup is a career coach for professional and emerging screenwriters, a twice-published, best-selling author, and consultant whose expertise have been utilized by major studios and networks. View Full Bio
David Misch is an author (“Funny: The Book”, “A Beginner’s Guide To Corruption”), screenwriter (“Mork and Mindy”, “Saturday Night Live”, “The Muppets Take Manhattan”), teacher (his own courses on comedy at USC and musical satire at UCLA) and lecturer (Yale, the Smithsonian, Oxford University, University of Sydney, American Film Institute, New York Public Library). His play “Occupied” is in development at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles. More at davidmisch.com. View Full Bio
Jennifer Van Sijll is the best selling author of “Cinematic Storytelling.” Her book has sold over 100,000 copies, has been translated into 10 languages, and has been adopted by film schools around the world. Jennifer has an MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts and taught screenwriting for 15 years at SFSU. Most recently she has worked for China Central Television in Beijing as a story editor. She has been a featured speaker at Pixar, Nestle and Google as well as at screenwriting conferences globally. She is a seasoned script analyst, first learning her craft at Universal Studios. In addition to her work in fiction, she has contributed to 100 documentaries as a story editor and writer. View Full Bio
(Note: Speakers subject to change)